My Rock and My Fortress

Psalm 144:2 (NIV)

He is my loving God and my fortress,

my stronghold and my deliverer,

my shield, in whom I take refuge,

who subdues peoples  under me.

Psalm144_12Psalm 144:5–8 (NIV)

Part your heavens, Lord, and come down;

touch the mountains, so that they smoke.

Send forth lightning and scatter the enemy;

shoot your arrows and rout them.

Reach down your hand from on high;

deliver me and rescue me

from the mighty waters,

from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:10–11 (NIV)

10 to the One who gives victory to kings,

who delivers his servant David.

From the deadly sword 11 deliver me;

rescue me from the hands of foreigners

whose mouths are full of lies,

whose right hands are deceitful.

Psalm 144:15 (NIV)

15 Blessed is the people of whom this is true;

blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Proverbs 17:3 (ESV)

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,

and the Lord tests hearts.

Proverbs 17:5 (ESV)

Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker;

he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 17:6 (ESV)

Grandchildren are the crown of the aged,

and the glory of children is their fathers.

Proverbs 17:9 (ESV)

Whoever covers an offense seeks love,

but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

Proverbs 17:10 (ESV)

10  A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding

than a hundred blows into a fool.

Proverbs 17:13 (ESV)

13  If anyone returns evil for good,

evil will not depart from his house.

Proverbs 17:14 (ESV)

14  The beginning of strife is like letting out water,

so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

Proverbs 17:16 (ESV)

16  Why should a fool have money in his hand to buy wisdom

when he has no sense?

How Shall We Sing the Lord’s Song?

Psalm 137:1–7 (ESV)

By the waters of Babylon,

there we sat down and wept,

when we remembered Zion.

On the willows there

we hung up our lyres.

For there our captors

required of us songs,

and our tormentors, mirth, saying,

“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How shall we sing the Lord’s song

in a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand forget its skill!

Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not remember you,

if I do not set Jerusalem

above my highest joy!

Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites

the day of Jerusalem,

how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,

down to its foundations!”

 

PROVERBS 16 Selected Verses

Proverbs 16:1 (ESV)

The plans of the heart belong to man,

but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.

Proverbs 16:2 (ESV)

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,

but the Lord weighs the spirit.

Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)

Commit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 16:4 (ESV)

The Lord has made everything for its purpose,

even the wicked for the day of trouble.

Proverbs 16:5-8 (ESV)

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord;

be assured, he will not go unpunished.

By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,

and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.

When a man’s ways please the Lord,

he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Better is a little with righteousness

than great revenues with injustice.

Proverbs 16:19 (ESV)

19  It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor

than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 16:22 (ESV)

22  Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it,

but the instruction of fools is folly.

Proverbs 16:28 (ESV)

28  A dishonest man spreads strife,

and a whisperer separates close friends.

Proverbs 16:32 (ESV)

32  Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,

and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Proverbs 14

Proverbs 14 (ESV)

1 The wisest of women builds her house,

but folly with her own hands tears it down.

Proverbs 14:3 (ESV)

By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back,

but the lips of the wise will preserve them.

Proverbs 14:6 (ESV)

A scoffer seeks wisdom in vain,

but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

Proverbs 14:17 (ESV)

17  A man of quick temper acts foolishly,

and a man of evil devices is hated.

Proverbs 14:21 (ESV)

21  Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner,

but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.

Proverbs 14:23 (ESV)

23  In all toil there is profit,

but mere talk tends only to poverty.

Proverbs 14:27 (ESV)

27  The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,

that one may turn away from the snares of death.

Proverbs 14:29 (ESV)

29  Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,

but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.

Proverbs 14:31 (ESV)

31  Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker,

but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

Proverbs 14:34 (ESV)

34  Righteousness exalts a nation,

but sin is a reproach to any people.